Crema catalana

Enjoy this sweet recipe for one of the oldest desserts in Europe. It requires very few ingredients!

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • Number of servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Medium


  • 1l milk
  • 200g sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 30g cornstarch
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 piece lemon peel

Recipe instruction

  • Mix the egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch with 1/3 of the milk.
  • In a saucepan, boil 2/3 of the milk with the lemon peel and cinnamon.
  • After 3 minutes, remove from the heat and take out the lemon and cinnamon.
  • Slowly add the egg mixture to the hot milk through a strainer to ensure there are no lumps.
  • Return it to the heat until it boils, stirring constantly.
  • Once the mixture has begun to thicken, remove from the heat and put it into individual bowls to cool.
  • For an authentic finish, sprinkle with sugar and brown with a blowtorch or under a preheated broiler to caramelize.